A Blog of Toronto Blue Jays Prospects Interviews, Evaluations and News

Matt Shannon Transitioning Well to Pro Ball

Righty didn't allow a run in his four innings in Vancouver

Matt Shannon Transitioning Well to Pro Ball

October 8, 2017

Photo credit: Standard-Times

Photo credit: Standard-Times


Right-handed pitcher Matt Shannon impressed in his brief stint with the Vancouver Canadians last season.

Pitching in four innings last summer for the Canadians; Shannon allowed just one hit, while striking out four.

His ability to get hitters out comes from Shannon’s four pitch mix. Currently using a 4-seam fastball, sinker, changeup, and slider in his repertoire, and the righty is ready for a bigger role next season.

Shannon is unsure what that role will be at the moment, but he is open to any possibility.

“I want to use the coaches around me to better my game and the way I approach it,” stated Shannon. “I don’t know what my role will be next season, but I’m willing to fulfill any role with any team.”

Prior to playing professionally, Shannon spent three seasons at Angelo State University.

Finishing his collegiate career with a 1.19 WHIP, and a 8.68 K/9 ratio in 253 innings pitched.

Shannon credits his time as a member of the Rams’ baseball team to his excellent start in pro ball.

“My time at Angelo State prepared me well for pro ball,” explained Shannon. “The coaches at Angelo State make you play the game at a high level, and challenges you to think of situations before anything happens. It’s similar to the coaching I’m receiving now.”

Enjoying a greater focus on the game now, Shannon discusses the biggest transition he’s noticed between college and professional baseball.

“I think the biggest difference is playing every day and not doing anything else but baseball,” said Shannon. “In college, we had to focus on schoolwork and tests first. After that we had to change our mindset once we got to the weight room and field. Now that I’m in pro ball, it’s just baseball 24/7.”

Currently recovering from a foot injury suffered in July, Shannon hopes to pick up where he left off in 2017.

“Prior to the foot injury my fastball was sitting in the 93 to 95 mile per range in Vancouver,” stated Shannon. “I’m hoping to come to spring training and perform the way I did before the injury.”

Toronto Blue Jays fans hope Matt Shannon can do just that, too.